Sunny today

It has been raining (or threatening to rain) almost everyday for at least two weeks. Finally, we have had two days in a row that the sun has shown his face.

Joel, Zeke and I have put several coats of either stain or poly on the 1/4″ plywood. It is looking very nice. Today we finished the 4 sheets of Pickeled Oak (white wash). We gave them one coat of Pickeled Oak and two coats of poly. Now all 20 sheets have at least one coat on them. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain again so we probably will not get to work on the wood.

The “spa” has arrived. That is what the maker calls the hand-held shower head. Also, today the faucets have come. And tonight I ordered the 2.8 gallon water heater. It should fit nicely on the shelf behind the stool.

This is going to be a cute “doll house” when I get it finished. More later. Grand Maverick

Starting again one more time

I have been here in Wisconsin for about two months now. During this time my advisors have discussed all the possibilities about every aspect of living in a RV which started out life as a very large cargo van. So now, gone is the ugly paneling, gone is the Double Bubble wrap. Instead, I have 2″ of blown on foam on all the walls, ceiling, and undercarriage {R-12}. Three of my grandsons are busy on sunny days staining the 1/4″ and 3/8″ birch plywood for the walls and ceiling. The bathroom and kitchen will have FPVC waterproof plastic sheets. I estimate that it will take 16 sheets of birch plywood for walls and ceiling. My grandsons think that the wood came from north Wisconsin. We are using natural stain for the walls and “Pickled Oak” (white) for the ceiling. Today we are just short of being half way through this process. The bath and kitchen will have FPVC plastic because it is water proof as well as pretty.

On rainy days I have been shopping for the things that go into a house… shower, lav, sink, toilet, tanks etc, etc. Most of these items should be delivered to my address sometime next week if not before.

My son knows a wonderful carpenter who will put this thing together. I am told that he does wonderful work. I am hoping to get it mostly finished by Monroe & Green County’s “Chees Daze” which is complete with parade.

I am planning on blogging more ofter in order to keep you informed. More later.

First Flight

The doggies and I are now living in Wisconsin. This is a rather large house. It’s driveway can park about 8 to 10 cars. Jacob, Buster and I were just returning for a walk (read run) down the street and were resting at the end of the drive way. I spotted a female robin bird slowly hopping across the drive way. She had food in her mouth and was chirping slowly as she hopped. I expected her to see the dogs and immediately fly away but she did not. She just kept her slow hop. Then she flew up onto the light line. Almost immediately, a colorful male robin bird fly into a low hanging tree limb. He also had food in his mouth and was slowly chirping. Then in the upper branches of the blue tree appeared the smallest little bird. It was only about one and a half inches long. Daddy looked at him and continued chirping. Junior did not move for several moments. Then he slowly straightened himself up and flew. He flew slowly for about a minute and then fast over to Dad.
I know that Dad was chirping, “Come on, Junior, you can do it. You can do it.”

This is the first time I ever saw bird parents encourage a fledging on his/her first flight.

AWESOME. More later from the wonderful weather in WI. Grand Maverick

Tuesday, June3rd, 2014

This morning I fitted the frame for the closet wall. It fit exactly as it should. Amazing. I cut the foam mattress to size for the bed on the passenger’s side. One of the mattresses already has it sheet sleeve on. I am reconstructing a comforter for both beds. This comforter started out life some 10-15 years ago as a King size. I bought it one late June day when I was visiting a cousin who lives about 30 miles south of Kansas City, Mo. I was in the “Green Turtle” aka GMC Savana. The bed had been extended a bit to make it queen size. The life of this comforter is a book unto itself. It was on the queen bed in the house (so I cut if off a bit). Now it will be two comforters in the RV. My dictionary is packed already or I would tell you I am calling it “The Cocoon”.

Tomorrow I want to finish three more frame parts. I will use them as supports as I adjust the ceiling panel that has a gap in it and its partner. Some of the gap will be covered by the over head compartment and some will not. The not needs to be put right. If you hear moaning and groaning from the south it is just me thinking words I am not supposed to know.

More later, Grand Maverick

Building again

I think I am about on track again. I am at home base working almost every morning. I spent about two weeks traveling and some working.

First was a trip to TX (with a stopover in AR) to visit my sister and her family. She is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s so we are praying for her release from her prison.

Second was about a week in AR with a friend and some of her friends. We got out the saws, drills, hammers etc. Starting at the rear we got two strips of paneling up the sides and two on the ceiling. We got two beds roughed in.

I hope I get a pic along about now. You will see the bed with its “night stand” which is really a recess place between two ribs. I ike it already. The bed/couch/dining room is coming along.

Head board for bed

Head board for bed


I installed (all by myself) one ceiling panel. I need to adjust it as the two panels are not meeting as nicely as I want. I am now making the supports for the closet which I will also use to undo the ceiling – hold it up while I move it around a bit so I can get at least two small support boards behind the ceiling panel so that they will join nicely.

Another pic belongs here.

Right side couch/bed with extensions at the side.

Right side couch/bed with extensions at the side.


When I get the closets up I will move my clothes into them and retire the AAA clothes storage boxes. The grand-daughter can use them as they clean out the house.

My main idea is to get the van?RV liveable and moved into. This will clear my stuff out of the house so that the granddaughters can sell it. While there is no time set for this it should be on the front burner.

I will let you know how it goes. More later. Grand Maverick

P.S. This is Buster, begal. He keeps busting out of his harness and running for it.
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Build Day 7-8-9-10

It has been several days since I Listed our progress as you know. Life got in the way. We had a death in the family and had to tend to all those details

A good friend came from AR with her daughter and plowed into the work on the van. We now have almost of the insulation in place. We left a few strips off the ceiling because we believe that the wiring folks may want to run some wires in that area.

We have most of the insulation on the walls. We have one bed in place which makes the place begin to look like a home. I am going to look into getting some photos in place. When my computer went down, down, down my second son cleaned it out, really out. I now have Lynx as an operating system. I hope I can find a photo download or something. At least I don’t have to worry about a virus attach.

It is past bedtime. My new little puppy is wanting me to go to bed so he can move close to me. So More later. Grand Maverick

Two months later

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Jacob II

Jacob II

I am sorry about the delay. Life got in the way. The delay was caused by unexpected events in the family.

Perhaps now we are back on track (mostly). I am hopeful that finally I can post some pictures of the progress with the build.

Most of the insulation ( double bubble wrap) is in. I have the doors to do yet. Two strips of wall paneling in, one strip of ceiling paneling is in with another cut ready, the two beds are constructed except of the back 6″ strips. I have found that the paneling needs some support between the wall and the panel itself. So I have inserted pieces of 2×2 of 2x4s to strengthen the joints.

More later. Grand Maverick

Build – Day 6

Several things have happened.
First: I ordered a “portable Induction Cooktop Burner” from Good Sam. It arrived quickly to my surprise. Usually, on-line orders, orders from catalogues etc take at least a week if not longer. I plugged it in and cooked breakfast. It did a great job. Breakfast was ready before I finished dressing.

Second: The installation of the insulation is progressing. 1- The insulation is on the floor with the wood on top of it. 2- Tomorrow my helpers will install the vinyl on top. To protect the vinyl from wear and tear we will lay the cardboard pattern as a temporary protection. The insulation is on most of the walls. The very top of the wall area that has “windows” in it is being left open so the wiring can be run in the tunnel. The pieces are cut for the ceiling waiting now for the next warm day. The weather person says we are in for another cold spell (very cold spell).

Third: I bought some very thin panelling for the walls and ceiling. So with the cold weather we can still work away.

Also, I have plans to be out and about on some other business for about two days. Hopefully, it is the coldest so we can be available for “homework” on the warm days.

More lager. Grand Maverick

Chicken Little & the Doggies

These last few days I have been thinking about a trip I made some years ago, say about 10 years. I was traveling north on I-55 about half way between Memphis and Sikeston. I was driving a GMC Savana which my two little dachshunds loved. They would lay on the bed in the back with their noses next to the sliding windows enjoying every smell that came by. This early summer mid-afternoon, however, they were asleep on the passenger’s seat. Sound asleep.

I usually have the speed control on about 69 mph which i did. I was coming upon an 18-wheeler which was doing what it should have been doing at 65 mph. So I pulled out to slowly pass it. I was about two cars length behind the big truck when a pickup came up on my right side. I did not slow down an inch. I felt that he was going to pass me, going in between the 18 wheeler and myself. By this time I am thinking that is not enough room for the pickup to go through as I was a car’s length behind. He went anyway.Very rarely do I use my horn. BUT, this time I let him have it. HORK HONK HONK.

Up can the dogs. They almost hit the ceiling. BARK!! BARK!! BARK!!. “Mom, did you hear that noise? The sky is falling. BARK1! BARK!!”

It took some time before these little protectors settled down again.

Build -Day 5

Today it was cold AGAIN. However, it gave us a change to get out and about to check out some facts. Jeremy went with me to some RV shops who do work on RVs – they create them and repair them.
I found that the wiring and tubing that I have already purchases will do fine. This is great news. Tomorrow afternoon after my Tai Chi class, while it is still cold, I can work on stuffing the wire down the tube. Also, I can cut some of the double bubbly wrap in preparation for its application when the week-end gets warmer AGAIN.
More later. Grand Maverick